McConnell: GOP wants clean funding bill

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans want to pass a clean short-term government funding measure this month to avoid drama over a possible government shutdown.  

“The only people talking about a government shutdown are the Democrats and nobody has any interest in doing that, so I think we’ll pass a clean CR [continuing resolution], which would operate the government probably into December,” he told Fox Business Network in an interview.

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“That will be the height of the drama. Not much drama on that issue,” he added.

Democrats have warned throughout the summer that Republicans might block a government stopgap funding measure and cause the second shutdown in two years.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led conservative opposition to the government funding measure last year because it allowed the implementation of ObamaCare to go forward, said recently he does not foresee a sequel anytime soon.

“There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government and that is the White House,” he told the Washington Post over the weekend.

Cruz dispelled speculation that he and his conservative allies would enter another fiscal standoff to protest President Obama’s plans to ease deportations through executive action.